The Programme was established at the Social
Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) in 2003 and, until October
2007, funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research.
Since 2007, research in the thematic field of migration and
integration is conducted in the context of the new WZB-department
“Migration, Integration, Transnationalisation”.
The Programme AKI was a pilot project, intended to test ways of
making academic expertise more effectively accessible for both the
academic analysis of complex problems and for attempts to address
practical problems in German society. Additionally, it was the
intention to support and encourage the development of
interdisciplinary networks. As its key project, the programme
pursued academically founded and problem-oriented syntheses of
research evidence from different academic disciplines relating to
selected problems in the thematic field.
Altogether five “AKI Research Reviews” were published that assemble
and evaluate the state of knowledge on illegal migration, language
and integration, and aspects of educational disadvantage. Three
working papers discuss extent and consequences of spatial
segregation. Most of these publications – and short summaries – are
available in English and can be found on this website.
Further, a newsletter was published, which is, however, only
available in German.
Apart from our publications, the programmes of past AKI-conferences
and workshops can be found on this website.
Dr. Karen Schönwälder